- Audio CD (27 April 2009)
- Limited Edition edition
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: CD+DVD, Limited Edition, Special Edition
- Label: Roadrunner
- ASIN: B0021TVYVC
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 120,288 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
The Devil You Know CD+DVD, Limited Edition, Special Edition
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For many dyed-in-the-denim metal fans, The Devil You Know will not be considered the debut album by a band called Heaven And Hell: it will be greeted as nothing less than the return of Black Sabbath--specifically, the incarnation of Sabbath fronted by former Rainbow vocalist Ronnie James Dio following Ozzy Osbourne’s sacking in 1979, who debuted with an album named Heaven And Hell the following year. Dio remains a divisive figure in the Sabbath annals, his full-lunged thespian delivery and schlocky, swords-and-sorcery lyrics likely to separate the metalheads from the day-trippers. The band themselves, though--Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and drummer Vinny Appice--make a good showing, with Iommi on particularly strong form, whether dispensing sludgy, lead-heavy riffs on "Fear" or unleashing terrific wah-wah solos on "Eating The Cannibals". A largely heavy set, "Bible Black" is notable in its use of light and shade, beginning from a mournful, acoustic introduction strafed with high notes that dissolve like shooting stars, and finding its groove as a burly, slow-paced rocker that sounds like it could bound canyons. -- Louis Pattison
Top Customer Reviews
Luckily what turned out, as is currently Heaven and Hell; Is a rebranded Sabbath, a fresh start, and a shake-off with all that controversy that plagued them through the Martin years. with a 3rd dio reunion and a live concert "Live at Radio city hall" in 2007 which was umbelievable! they continued on, and today after picking up my copy at 9.00, and listening to it all day i have come to the conclusion that we already may have a Metal album of the year on our hands and it's still only April.
Heaven and Hell, "Devil you know" is Sabbath through and through, an absolutely scorcher of an album, which breezes past pretty much everything they had done since Mob Rules right the way back in 1982, complete with the usual trademark Sabbath cymbal crashes, pummeling riffs and thuddering Bass it is you may note a very heavy album (even discounting the high volume recording technics and distortion so commonly used these days) and so often blamed on poor sound quality. No such problem here it sounds awesome.
The tracks are all excellent with no obvious weak numbers, which is as we have come to expect. Obviously everyone has their favourites, but mine are "Bible black" "Double the pain" and "Eating the cannibals" however only my small margins as all the songs are of such a high standard as it is a combined effort, the listener is unlikely to be reaching for the skip button.Read more ›
The album they have created here is a mouth-watering proposition for any die-hard Black Sabbath fan, especially if they enjoyed the new tracks on 2007's compilation, The Dio Years. The first six tracks on this ten track album are heavy and mid-tempo, showing traits of the classic Black Sabbath of old. Single Bible Black is one highlight, beginning with a calm, acoustic intro (quiet moments are few on this record, unusual in comparison to older Sabs albums) with Dio's masterful vocals before blasting into full heavy riff mode. Things change up a bit when Eating The Cannibals begins, Appice's thundering drums going at a faster pace along with the rest of the band on a song that is this record's Neon Knights or Turn Up The Night. The 7 minute tour-de-force that is Breaking Into Heaven is a great way to close the record.
Tony Iommi sounds as if he is releasing a creativity that he has desperately been trying to unleash for some years (which seems to be true). On The Devil You Know he creates some of his heaviest and most doom-laden riffs ever.Read more ›
They were back then, and well they're back again now!
This has got to be the best Sabbath album for a couple of decades. It's the best thing since Reunion at least and probably the best studio album since Mob Rules ( but then I quite like Born Again )
As Ozzy becomes more and more, dare I say it, the "Widow Twanky" of Metal, Tony and the guys turn up with this stonking and awesome album
Just buy it ! dont read anymore reviews, just buy it!
Awesome guitars (as you would expect) great driving riffs, and this time some really quite spectacular lyrics.
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Took me a few listens to grow accustomed to the different feel from the H&H / Mob Rules albums, but now I realise it's just as great as those two. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Croftville
A stunning album. It's unendingly sad that Dio had to leave us all, but in doing, he left on a mightily powerful note with this one.
A superb album, through and through.
Great album. Great postage and packaging, the album case came with a small scratch on the back and the supplier provided with a new empty case of which I thought was very kind even... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Thomas